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Lake Oswego wins battle of banged up squads, takes on North Medford in playoffs

VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswegos Cameron Nicklos (No. 10) celebrates a touchdown during last weeks victory over Lakeridge.Lake Oswego put its crosstown rival away quickly Friday night in both teams’ regular season finale Oct. 28. The Lakers put up 34 points in the first half en route to a 40-0 victory over Lakeridge, finishing the regular season above .500.

The Lakers’ defense was terrific in the contest as Lakeridge struggled without quarterback Mike Irwin, who was injured in last week’s game against West Linn.

After an initial stop, Lake Oswego moved down the field efficiently, getting a six-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jake Dukart.

That was quickly followed by an interception from Drew Casebeer and the Lakers were off and running. Martin Sorrelhorse had a catch and a run for a first down, eventually setting up another scoring scramble by Dukart to make it 14-0.

Lakeridge never found a rhythm offensively and the Lakers held the Pacers to less than 150 yards of total offense in the contest.

“Obviously they’re a different team without their quarterback and we felt badly that he wasn’t able to go for them,” coach Steve Coury said.

After another stop, the Lakers went 65 yards with Dukart hitting Adam Brumfield from 16 yards out early in the second quarter, pushing the score to 21-0.

That was followed by Casebeer’s second interception of the game.

“Drew’s just been in the right place at the right time for us lately. He’s always around the ball,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego would then resort to some trickery. Dukart threw a backwards pass to Casey Filkins who then threw downfield to a wide open Cameron Nicklos for a 57-yard touchdown.

Lakeridge would respond with one of its better drives of the evening, converting on fourth and short before a penalty and sack knocked the Pacers back.

The ensuing punt was also blocked and Lake Oswego would respond three plays later. This time it was Dukart connecting with Nicklos to make it 34-0.

“Dukart just keeps getting better and better now that we’re finally getting him some experience,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego nearly put up 40 in the first half but a pass in the end zone was intercepted by Kaden Safranksi in the closing seconds.

Both teams struggled to move the ball in the third quarter. Lakeridge had another punt blocked while the Lakers were thwarted by a fumble inside the 10-yard line, recovered by Lakeridge’s Hunter Pauslon.

Lake Oswego would also have a long touchdown called back by a penalty. But Lakeridge could never draw any closer.

The Lakers tacked on one final score on a 10-yard run from Filkins.

Lake Oswego finished the season at 5-4 and ranked No. 16 in the OSAA power rankings which means the Lakers will play a home playoff game Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. against North Medford.

“We’ve overcome a lot this year and the kids are aware of that adversity. North Medford is big and physical and I’m sure they’ll try to pound the ball at us,” Coury said.

Lakeridge finished the year at 2-7 and did not qualify for the postseason.